50 years ago: "It is well known that theoretical physicists are quite inept in handling experimental apparatus."
150 years ago: "A pernicious excitement to learn and play chess has spread all over the country. ... Why should we regret this? it may be asked. We answer, chess is a mere amusement of a very inferior character, which robs the mind of valuable time that might be devoted to nobler acquirements, while it affords no benefit whatever to the body. Chess has acquired a high reputation as being a means to disipline the mind, but persons engaged in sedentary occupations should never practice this cheerless game..."